Excuses, excuses. We’ve all got ’em, and if truth be told, we’ve got way too many of ’em. Especially in summer when we’re clinking our glasses (THINK BELLINIS) and enjoying our nibbles (THINK BBQ) and not logging any of it. So answer this: Are your dieting excuses sabotaging your weight loss goals?
Want to stay in shape this summer? Let’s start by being mindful of those so-called harmless ways we talk about dieting because subconsciously, they’re sabotaging our hard-earned fitness. And we don’t put in all that sweat for nothing. Here are 6 phrases you need to stop uttering right now if you want to lose weight.
6 PHRASES THAT SABOTAGE WEIGHT LOSS
1. DIETS DON’T WORK
Just because you lack the mental toughness to stick to a diet doesn’t make the diet any less effective. People have a tough time accepting responsibility for their own behaviour, so they blame their diet. That’s no different than a college graduate begging for money on the street then blaming the school for his failure to succeed. Make a decision to stop treating your diet like a hobby and start treating it like a battle you must win.
2. BIG IS BEAUTIFUL
We’ve been sold a bogus bill of goods with feel-good marketing schemes that say things like big is beautiful, you’re just big boned, and pleasantly plump. These dangerous phrases convince people that it’s okay to fail, and makes them feel good about giving up on wanting to get fit. Stop acting delusional and start operating from objective reality. While we all come in different shapes and sizes, there’s nothing good or healthy about carrying too much fat on your particular frame.
3. ONE BAD MEAL WON’T MAKE ME FAT
Don’t fall into the psychological trap of the masses thinking you can be 99% compliant on your diet and succeed. You may be able to cheat a little when you become fit, but in the beginning, you must commit to all-out massive action. Success is about sticking to the goal—no matter what. You wouldn’t cheat on your spouse in a committed relationship so don’t cheat on something as important as your diet.
4. I CAN START OVER ON MONDAY
Stop letting yourself off the hook. Stop starting over and telling yourself you’ll do it next time. Next time is right now. You said next time, last time, and allowing yourself the luxury of continually quitting is a deadly habit. If you keep letting yourself off the hook by succumbing to cravings, peer pressure, emotional swings and other distractions, you’ll continue to run in circles.
5. I DON’T HAVE THE WILLPOWER
Willpower is the foundation to successful dieting, and everyone has it. Some people just have to dig deeper. You have to get tough and hold your feet to the fire. When you feel those late-night hunger pangs and cravings, experience them fully. Embrace the pain and stare it down. If you can do this, you can do anything.
6. DIETS ARE SO BORING
Dieting is not your normal kind of fun, but the fun awaits you when you succeed. Isn’t it fun thinking how sexy you’re going to look next time you hit the pool or the beach? Isn’t it fun to buy a tight pair of jeans and slide them on without having to hold your breath? What about attending your high school reunion and being proud of the way you look? How about reigniting the sex drive you had when you were fit? Yeah, thought so.
Steve Siebold, author of the book Fat Loser! Mental Toughness Training for Dieters, is a former professional athlete who turned into what he calls a “fat tub of lard.” Now that he’s in the best shape of his life, his goal is to end the obesity epidemic worldwide.